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Here’s Austin Rivers’ Buzzer Beater That Capped Duke’s Comeback Against UNC (Video)

by: JamieD On  Thursday, February 9, 2012

austin rivers buzzer beaterIt appears as though Austin Rivers has learned a thing, or two, from all those championship Celtics teams his dad has coached over the past seven NBA seasons.  After watching the likes of Ray Allen and Paul Pierce hit clutch shot after clutch shot at the end of games, en route to two Eastern Conference titles and one NBA title, Austin decided to show his dad that he can exhibit an ice-cold demeanor and come through down the stretch as well when given the chance.

His opportunity to prove himself came last night during a much-anticipated ACC battle between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, and he did not allow it to pass him by.  After helping his Blue Devils erase a 10-point deficit during the final 2 1/2 minutes of the game, Rivers capped the incredible comeback with a three-point buzzer beater that soared over the outstretched hand of UNC’s 7-foot center Tyler Zeller, before dropping through the rim and silencing the raucous North Carolina crowd.

Doc Rivers was in attendance for the game, along with his gorgeous daughter, and while we’ve seen the Celtics coach celebrate some great moments during his NBA coaching career, none of those moments seemed to excite him as much as watching his son cap a career-high 29-point performance with a cluth game-winning basket at the buzzer.

Check it out.




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